Democrats Push To Bring Marijuana Legalization Up For A Vote In Minnesota Senate

“Minnesotans want to have this conversation about legalization of cannabis”

Members of the Minnesota Senate on Wednesday, May 18, blocked an effort to make the chamber vote on whether Minnesota should legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Democrats in the chamber sought to pull the bill out of committee and put it on the floor for a vote, noting that the House of Representatives passed it but it didn’t get a hearing in the Senate. But on a 33-31 vote, the GOP-led chamber voted against the motion to take up the bill.

Senate Minority Leader Melisa López Franzen, DFL-Edina, authored the bill and said that the people of Minnesota supported efforts to make marijuana available for adult use. And she said Democratic-Farmer-Labor lawmakers would keep up efforts to get it passed in the final days of the legislative session.

“Minnesotans want to have this conversation about legalization of cannabis and they want to see us move ahead,” López Franzen said. “We all know that legalizing cannabis will have economic benefits, but just as importantly, we need to address the disparities in the criminal justice system around cannabis.”

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